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27-10-2016 03:02

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Miloš Zeman, October 28, 2015, photo: Filip Jandourek

To boycott or not to boycott: Politicians split over whether to attend Castle event

26-10-2016 14:07 | Ian Willoughby

Many Czech politicians say they will be staying away from a state awards ceremony at Prague Castle on Friday after the president’s office reportedly crossed a Holocaust survivor off the recipients list. Critics say, however, that such a boycott disrespects the most important state holiday.   More

Andrej Babiš, photo: CTK

Czech Republic to have highest budget surplus in modern history, but opposition says not due to good management

26-10-2016 14:36 | Daniela Lazarová

Finance Minister Andrej Babiš has reason to celebrate – by all accounts the year will end on the highest budget surplus in the country’s modern history. However contrary to expectations the government has not drafted a balanced or even surplus budget for next year and the minister has been accused of making “unrealistic projections” that would guarantee a good result.  More


Recyclable battery, photo: archive of HE3DA

Czech nanotech companies move from strength to strength

26-10-2016 10:09 | Chris Johnstone

Around a year ago I traced some of the achievements of the Czech Republic’s nano technology companies, many of which are making an impact on the European and global scene. Twelve months on, I went back to the source, chairman of the Czech Nanotechnology Industries Association, Jiří Kůs, and asked him how companies and key sectors are faring in this cutting edge part of the market.   More

One on One

Eva Jiřičná, photo: Barbora Kmentová

Eva Jiřičná, part 2: Wenceslas Sq. “biggest loss” in post-1989 development of Prague

24-10-2016 14:06 | Ian Willoughby

Stripped of her citizenship by Czechoslovakia’s Communist authorities after 1968, architect Eva Jiřičná, then in her late 20s, remained in London. In the UK her sleek interiors were a major success and she soon developed an international reputation....  More


Photo: archive of Radio Prague


22-10-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

In Magazine: Prague among top 20 most visited cities in the world; police officers complain their bulletproof vests aren’t bulletproof; a minor takes two buses on a joyride; a Czech bug enthusiast boasts a 10cm cockroach and the most bizarre things Czechs...  More

Czech Books

Hana Whitton, photo: Danka1, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Bohemian Queen who saved London - and other true stories

22-10-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

You may well have heard of the English princess who became Queen of Bohemia for just one winter, but did you know that it was a Bohemian queen who persuaded Richard II not to burn down London in a fit of rage? Or at least, so the story goes. The historical links between Bohemia and Britain go back a very long way, and have become something of an obsession for the Czech novelist Hana Whitton.   More


'Kingdom Come: Deliverance', photo: Warhorse Studios

Role-playing game Kingdom Come: Deliverance promises historically accurate adventure in 15th century Bohemia

21-10-2016 15:35 | Jan Velinger

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a first-person, open-world realistic RPG set in 15th century Bohemia, developed by Warhorse Studios in the Czech Republic and set for release in 2017. The cornerstone of the project is historical accuracy rarely seen in a...  More


Ajeto glassworks, photo: Libor Kukal

Nový Bor – a town in the heart of the Bohemian glass industry

20-10-2016 15:40 | Daniela Lazarová

The history of Nový Bor in North Bohemia- is indelibly linked with the art of glass-making. The tradition of glass making in the region goes back more than seven hundred years. Thanks to abundant stocks of wood –used as both fuel and raw material -and crushed quartz used in the melting of glass, the region provided ideal conditions for the craft. Glassworks in different areas date back to medieval times and have been traced due to various archaeological finds –such as small pieces of melted glass and fragments of moulds -in places where old glassworks used to stand.   More


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